Take a moonshine ride with GSMR
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR) presents a brand new way to “shine and dine” on the railway. The public is invited to hop on board The Carolina Shine, GSMR’s All-Adult First Class Moonshine Car. Guests will be served the hand-crafted, triple-distilled, Midnight Moon moonshine, the smoothest tasting moonshine in the Carolinas.
Operating May 23 through Oct. 31 on the Nantahala Gorge excursion, this shine and dine experience begins in a renovated First Class train fleet car, The Carolina Shine. The brand new interior design features copper-lined walls filled with the history of moonshining in North Carolina. Learn about the proud tradition that the Appalachians established when bootlegging was an acceptable way of life and local home brews were the best in town. Read about Swain County’s very own Major Redman, the most famous mountain moonshine outlaw of the 19th century. Enjoy sample tastings of famous NASCAR legend Junior Johnsons's Midnight Moon family of spirits. Featuring Apple Pie, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Cranberry and Strawberry moonshine. If the samples are not enough, there will be plenty of moonshine infused cocktails like Copper Cola or Moonshiner’s Mimosa available for purchase.
Passengers will also enjoy a full service All-Adult First Class ride with a private attendant serving GSMR’s freshly cooked BBQ, accompanied with a side of country-fried apples, coleslaw and three savory BBQ sauces to select from at the fixings bar. The meal will begin with a sweet honey-butter cornbread slice and end with a delicious piece of Moonshiners Mud Chocolate Pie. Riders will also receive their very own Carolina Shine mason-drinking jar, refillable with soda beverages and tea throughout the day, a Midnight Moon official mason jar shot glass, and a souvenir GSMR tote bag (one per party).
Tickets are $98 for adults (21+) May through Sept., and $104 for adults (21+) during the month of October.